O'Brien scores for FC Utrecht against Ajax [HT score]

O'Brien scores for FC Utrecht against Ajax [HT score]

Post by John Beuk » Mon, 14 Sep 1998 04:00:00


The game between going strong FC Utrecht and De Boer-less Ajax is
halfway. Litmanen scored the opener for Ajax, but just before
half-time John O'Brien, under contract with Ajax but on loan at
Utrecht made the equaliser with a shot from 20 meters. It's his second
goal this season.
I thought some of you would like to know.

John

 
 
 

O'Brien scores for FC Utrecht against Ajax [HT score]

Post by Chris Francisc » Mon, 14 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> The game between going strong FC Utrecht and De Boer-less Ajax is
> halfway. Litmanen scored the opener for Ajax, but just before
> half-time John O'Brien, under contract with Ajax but on loan at
> Utrecht made the equaliser with a shot from 20 meters. It's his second
> goal this season.
> I thought some of you would like to know.

I heard O'Brien is playing midfield for Utrecht; is that true? He's been
touted as a defender here, but I'd really prefer to see a good midfielder,
I think. We've got good young defenders ready to go.

Chris

 
 
 

O'Brien scores for FC Utrecht against Ajax [HT score]

Post by Stan Collin » Mon, 14 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:


> > The game between going strong FC Utrecht and De Boer-less Ajax is
> > halfway. Litmanen scored the opener for Ajax, but just before
> > half-time John O'Brien, under contract with Ajax but on loan at
> > Utrecht made the equaliser with a shot from 20 meters. It's his second
> > goal this season.
> > I thought some of you would like to know.

> I heard O'Brien is playing midfield for Utrecht; is that true? He's been
> touted as a defender here, but I'd really prefer to see a good midfielder,
> I think. We've got good young defenders ready to go.

I finally got the full story on this.  O'Brien was a mid in his amateur
career, but when he got to Ajax, he was positioned at left back.   He was
uncomfortable with the position, and went quite often into the attack
(questionably to a fault).  Still, he managed to progress theorugh the Ajax
youth system, making it to the second team, where they started to think of him
as your standard "wing back" or "attacking defender"  whatever you want to
call it.  He still feels more comfortable coming forward, according to him.

Ajax, not being sure he was ready right away, loans him to Utrect, where he
tells the coach he likes midfield more, so they play him there.  He justifies
their indulgeance by scoring numerous goals in exhibitions and warmups, and
now a couple in league play.

So, if we really need a natural lefty for the defense, he'd suit the bill, but
he'd go forward often.  He would feel more comfortable at left mid,
apparently.

Stan collins

 
 
 

O'Brien scores for FC Utrecht against Ajax [HT score]

Post by Joost Schra » Mon, 14 Sep 1998 04:00:00


+
+ > The game between going strong FC Utrecht and De Boer-less Ajax is
+ > halfway. Litmanen scored the opener for Ajax, but just before
+ > half-time John O'Brien, under contract with Ajax but on loan at
+ > Utrecht made the equaliser with a shot from 20 meters. It's his second
+ > goal this season.
+ > I thought some of you would like to know.
+
+ I heard O'Brien is playing midfield for Utrecht; is that true? He's been
+ touted as a defender here, but I'd really prefer to see a good midfielder,
+ I think. We've got good young defenders ready to go.
+
+ Chris
+

Defensive central midfielder. He is strong and sturdy,
favourably compared to Jan Wouters.
Ajax put him on loan to FC Utrecht as they could themselves
not give him enough playing time in the competition.
If he keeps improving himself, he might even be the followup to Blind.

joost.

--

 
 
 

O'Brien scores for FC Utrecht against Ajax [HT score]

Post by Dennis Wayne Rodrigu » Mon, 14 Sep 1998 04:00:00

: The game between going strong FC Utrecht and De Boer-less Ajax is
: halfway. Litmanen scored the opener for Ajax, but just before
: half-time John O'Brien, under contract with Ajax but on loan at
: Utrecht made the equaliser with a shot from 20 meters. It's his second
: goal this season.
: I thought some of you would like to know.
:
: John

Thank you, John.  Nice to see an American who can score in Europe.
Kirovski, are you watching?

 
 
 

O'Brien scores for FC Utrecht against Ajax [HT score]

Post by Ken Overt » Tue, 15 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
> The game between going strong FC Utrecht and De Boer-less Ajax is
> halfway. Litmanen scored the opener for Ajax, but just before
> half-time John O'Brien, under contract with Ajax but on loan at
> Utrecht made the equaliser with a shot from 20 meters. It's his second
> goal this season.

Thinking it over, I decided to be content with this result for Ajax.  

In an away game, without their top scorer and without the de Boers,
a draw against a team with title-hopes is acceptable.  The next leg
will be a rout.

I'm even happy to see an Ajax loaner doing well against his own side.
He's a good, strong, player that just won't ever fit into the Ajax
system.  Why don't they sell him?

-- kov

 
 
 

O'Brien scores for FC Utrecht against Ajax [HT score]

Post by Dan Roudebu » Tue, 15 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> I'm even happy to see an Ajax loaner doing well against his own side.
> He's a good, strong, player that just won't ever fit into the Ajax
> system.  Why don't they sell him?

Can you elaborate on this observation.

Thanks

Dan

 
 
 

O'Brien scores for FC Utrecht against Ajax [HT score]

Post by Bruce Scott T » Wed, 16 Sep 1998 04:00:00



|>  Nice to see an American who can score in Europe.
|> Kirovski, are you watching?

Mason just put another one in for St Pauli last night (man, FC Koeln
look _really_ bad though... a real crisis since they won't be so rich
next year.  A drop into the 3rd div is actually likely).

cu,
Bruce

--
"That's the old ecological tale that explains humans' inability to fully
appreciate global warming.  To wit: if you drop a frog in a pan of hot
water, it jumps out.  If you drop it in a pan of cold water, then turn
the heat up slowly, you can roast it to death."  -- Clive Thompson

 
 
 

O'Brien scores for FC Utrecht against Ajax [HT score]

Post by Dennis Wayne Rodrigu » Wed, 16 Sep 1998 04:00:00




:
: |>  Nice to see an American who can score in Europe.
: |> Kirovski, are you watching?
:
: Mason just put another one in for St Pauli last night (man, FC Koeln
: look _really_ bad though... a real crisis since they won't be so rich
: next year.  A drop into the 3rd div is actually likely).

Thanks for the info, Bruce.  I wonder if Mason will get
called up again.  Probably not if he stays in B2, but maybe
if he moves to a B1 club.  David Wagner has probably seen
his last chance with the national team.  Any other
promising American players in the Bundesliga?  

Maybe one day Reyna will reach his potential....